Coonoor — how can you not want to be here

Some places are meant only for sitting back and relaxing

Driving from Guruvayur to Bengaluru, I halted overnight in Coonoor. The distance of 235 kilometres can be covered in about 7 hours.

You start with narrow roads and heavy traffic in Guruvayur and all the way up to Thrissur before you hit the 4-lane National Highway 544. Drive up to Coimbatore and take a left towards the Nilgiris.

I deviated from the regular route and opted to take the first available left at the western end of Coimbatore. It took me through the city traffic, which was very heavy.

It was dark by the time I reached the Nilgiris. Driving up to Coonoor is a delight. I definitely want to do this again, in the day time.

I chose to stay at the Taj. I have always wanted to stay in this property of the Taj. It’s a very nice-looking place, very unlike a property in the city.

Straight out of the black & white era
Care for a morning walk?
Or, just sit back and take in the view
This place used to be the house of some bigwig in Coonoor

The location and layout of the rooms are very pretty to look at. The accommodation comprises a sitout and the bedroom.

Welcome to your room
The sitout has a fireplace

Only a few rooms have a fireplace. So, if you want one, better call in advance and say so.

First thing the Taj team enquired on my arrival around 9 pm was whether I had dinner. They suggested having dinner before the check-in formalities

The bathroom is so spacious that you could fit a 1BHK of Mumbai and have some space left over for a garden.

I think this is one of those places every easy-going person must visit. You could stay here for up to a week. They have some games and a small collection of books. Bring your children along. They will enjoy the open spaces.

Good Morning



I left the next morning, to resume my journey, wondering when I can return for a longer stay.

Places nearby

Ooty – 20 km

Coimbatore – 70 km

Mysuru – 145 km

Kochi – 280 km

Bengaluru – 300 km

Chennai – 545 km

Stopped for snacks in Coonoor

Stopped at the city centre in Coonoor for a quick bite
Try the mini idlis

Author: Dhiraj Shetty

I am a journalist based in Bengaluru. Every day, every moment, each one of us sees a different aspect of our home, the planet Earth, and its people. Sharing them enables others to indulge in our point of view. Star of Nowhere is my blog about my view of some interesting developments in the world. Could be on any development that piques my curiosity. Centre of South is about my experiences in travel and food. I relish local food and conversations with people in places I visit. I share some of my travel stories and about the food I try. Yea... I guess sometimes people do wonder why is this chap clicking pics of his meal! I would be happy to offer tips or guidance in south India. Most visitors to India are drawn by the Taj Mahal, which is one of the wonders of the world, and the forts of Rajasthan. I invite you to look beyond these two places, at south India. I will be writing about the interesting places in this highly developed part of India, where the people are better educated, enjoy a better standard of living as compared to the rest of India, have built a reliable network of roads and transport services, and can count on state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure. South India is safer than any other part of India, and the gateway to south India is Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). Where do you want to go in south India? I would be happy to be of service to fellow travellers

3 thoughts on “Coonoor — how can you not want to be here”

    1. The town is also nice. Especially, when you step outside the city centre. And you know, Ooty is just 20 kilometres away. The movie Sadma was filmed in Ooty. Actually, many movies were shot in Ooty. Cos of the landscape. Lots of photo ops

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